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Bucs officially eliminated, but will keep moving forward

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:46:10 EDT

The Pirates began the season with postseason expectations and championship aspirations. They want to play meaningful games in September and playoff baseball in October, as general manager Neal Huntington has often said. But that dream officially ended late Tuesday night, when the Pirates lost their fourth straight game, a 6-4 defeat to the Cubs, and the Giants beat the Rockies, 12-3, in San Francisco.

Pirates' 9th-inning rally falls short vs. Cubs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:04:29 EDT

Realistically, the Cubs have little left to play for this week. With a 100-win season and the best record in the Majors secured, their sights are now set on the month to come. But still, the Cubs continued their roll into October on Tuesday night at PNC Park, beating the Pirates, 6-4, for their third straight win.

Phillips auditioning for '17 bullpen role

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:52:17 EDT

Zach Phillips hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2013 when the Pirates called him up in Philadelphia two weeks ago. But the Bucs didn't hesitate to throw him into their bullpen -- or into the fire.

Rookie Taillon hoping to contain Cubs

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:35:48 EDT

It seems fitting that Jake Arrieta would make his final regular-season start in one of his favorite ballparks. On Wednesday, Arrieta will start for the Cubs in the third game of their four-game series against the Pirates, who have seen plenty of the right-hander. Jameson Taillon will start for the Pirates in the finale of his rookie season.

Cutch on Cubs, competing, core-group strength

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:05:37 EDT

The Pirates have dealt with a number of issues this year: a rash of injuries, a challenging schedule, a slew of disappointing performances. But their biggest problem, in the short and long term, just might be the Cubs.

Solo shots too little, too late in Bucs' loss

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:38:16 EDT

The Cubs won their 100th game of the season Monday night the same way they checked off the first 99 -- with dominant starting pitching and an overpowering offensive attack.

Kang's late power surge bodes well for 2017

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:21:13 EDT

The Pirates weren't expecting Jung Ho Kang to be himself this season. Coming back from a serious injury to his left knee and major surgery to repair it, the thinking went that Kang would have to wait until 2017 to regain his full strength.

Bucs strike deal for Nats prospect Bostick

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:46:48 EDT

The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.

Pirates' Top 30 prospects list

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:24:41 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

Bucs' WC chances take hit in loss to Nats

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:28:58 EDT

There was a lot of pushing and shoving behind home plate in the third inning of the Nationals and Pirates' series finale Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Plenty of give-and-take on the scoreboard, too. The Pirates pushed, but the Nats pushed back with a five-run eighth inning, pulling out a 10-7 win in the back-and-forth, four-hour affair.

Pirates, Hurdle mourn loss of 'wonderful' Fernandez

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:48:59 EDT

The Pirates joined the rest of the baseball world Sunday in mourning the tragic loss of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, one of the game's brightest young stars and most infectiously energetic personalities. The news hit home inside the Pirates' clubhouse, where players absorbed the news and watched the reaction unfold on television.

Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:12:51 EDT

A feud between the Pirates and Nationals turned into a benches-clearing incident in the third inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The ejection of Nats right-hander A.J. Cole for throwing behind Kang with two outs in the bottom of the third, touched off the fracas.

As Nats clinch, young Bucs gain key experience

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:40:51 EDT

The Pirates hope their young players will be better off for the experience gained on nights like this. The Bucs have introduced a number of rookies into significant roles throughout the season, and many of them are expected to play a part in the Pirates' future.

Sloppy play hurts as Pirates fall back to .500

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:53:04 EDT

What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.

Glasnow hopes to take 'pen lessons into rotation

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:28:24 EDT

Tyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault moved out of the rotation and into the Bucs' bullpen on Saturday.

Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:15:00 EDT

Art Howe spent 33 years as a player, scout, coach and manager in the Major Leagues, and was able to take part in the postseason seven times. He reflects on those experiences in this week's Q&A.

Pirates solve Melancon, walk off in 11 on Stallings' hit

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:24:57 EDT

About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.

Polanco runs into wall, bruises face

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:16:28 EDT

Gregory Polanco left the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning win over the Nationals in the first inning on Friday night with a left facial contusion after slamming face-first into the left-field wall, the team announced.

Nova likes idea of re-signing with Pirates

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:12:11 EDT

The Pirates would love to have Ivan Nova in their rotation next season. Nova made it clear Friday he would love to stay in Pittsburgh. Looking to find a middle ground so both sides can get what they want, the Pirates have reportedly opened contract talks with Nova's camp.

Coke joins Bucs as Schugel shut down

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:59:00 EDT

The Pirates shut down reliever A.J. Schugel on Friday, sending him to the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury. The transaction made room on the roster for left-hander Phil Coke, who joined the club Friday after being traded by the Yankees a day earlier.

Blown save aside, Melancon has warm Pittsburgh return

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:27:52 EDT

Mark Melancon admitted it was a little strange to be sitting in the visitors' dugout at PNC Park, wearing his red Nationals hoodie, for the first time since he was traded from the Pirates in July.

Pirates lose ground in WC, drop finale to Crew

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:11:48 EDT

Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter homered, Chase Anderson pitched effectively into the sixth and the Brewers played spoiler against the Pirates, denying Pittsburgh a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win Thursday at MIller Park.

Marte exits during return with back tightness

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:00:09 EDT

Making his first start since Sept. 5, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte exited Thursday's game against the Brewers in the third inning.

Cervelli gets silent treatment, decides to go bowling

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:18:32 EDT

Cervelli gets silent treatment, decides to go bowling

Pirates trending upward in late chase for WC

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:12:42 EDT

Andrew McCutchen's first inning homer on Wednesday was headed in the wrong direction -- to the left of the foul pole situated in left field -- until, at the opportune time of its descent, it wasn't.

S-Rod paces Bucs at plate in win over Crew

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:27:29 EDT

Sean Rodriguez and the Pirates moved up in the National League Wild Card standings on Wednesday with another wire-to-wire win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

Cutch sparks offense as Bucs keep chase

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:04:18 EDT

A 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday was the Pirates' fifth victory in six games, offering faint hope for Andrew McCutchen & Co. of another berth in the National League Wild Card Game.

Hurdle leans on bullish bullpen for 5 innings

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:43:25 EDT

Before Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the leash with his starting pitchers would be shorter as his team clings to slim postseason hopes. Hurdle executed that plan hours later, and it led to Pittsburgh's 6-3 win at Miller Park.

Pirates sticking with experienced Vogelsong

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:20:52 EDT

While clinging to thin postseason chances, the Pirates opted to stay with veteran Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation for Thursday's game against the Brewers.

Foul ball forces McCutchen to retreat from on-deck circle

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:07:36 EDT

Andrew McCutchen dodges a foul ball

Bucs still playing for October while building for 2017

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:24:52 EDT

Johnny Rodriguez has been reminding his son a lot lately where he was five years ago.

Bucs' Rodriguez named NL Co-Player of Week

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:30:16 EDT

Sean Rodriguez was named the National League's Co-Player of the Week on Monday alongside Arizona's Brandon Drury. This is Rodriguez's first Player of the Week honor.